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A LITTLE BIRD TOLD ME

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If General Revelation is the message from God to us through the natural world, Special Revelation is His word to us through the supernatural world. 
Special revelation includes physical appearances of God, dreams, visions, the written Word of God, and most importantly—Jesus Christ.[i]
Jesus reveals more about God than Creation, miracles and scriptures can together.  Furthermore, the Holy Spirit has come to amplify Jesus and all other revelations of God that have been given. 
Jesus listened to the reoccurring themes of human worry and anxiety.  He brought comfort and taught us to look to the supernatural by observing the natural realm.  Often our temporal concerns are rooted in metaphysical fears.  We are afraid of perishing.  We worry that God is not present to help us.  So, Jesus took a look around and pointed out what God had been trying to say all along.

Luke 12:22 Then Jesus said to his disciples: "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about y…

GENERALLY SPEAKING

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When theologians talk about General Revelation, they refer to the ways that God has exposed Himself through the natural world.What can we observe about God’s nature through examining the natural world?

Psalm 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.2 Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge.3 There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. 4 Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. 

The question is have you heard what the sky and the universe are saying?Every generation of every people group have looked up and heard something about God by observing the natural world.

Romans 1:20 For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.

Have you not seen the invisible?The visible world speaks loud and clear to this oth…

WITHOUT KNOWING

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“What you don’t know won’t hurt you.”
This is a common idiom expressing the idea that if you don’t know about a particular problem or misdeed, you will not be affected by worrying about it.When someone says this to me, I start to worry.
Does worry come from having all the facts or from being completely ignorant?In the front of my college Bible, I wrote quotes.One of them said, “Worrying is like sitting in a rocking chair.It gives you something to do, but it gets you nowhere fast.”
Sometimes what you know causes anxiety.Sometimes, it is ‘not knowing’ that is troublesome.
Consider the etymology of the word ‘agnostic’.The prefix ‘a’ indicates ‘to be without’.The Greek word ‘gnosis’ means spiritual knowledge.An agnostic is a person ‘without spiritual knowledge’.An agnostic by definition is someone who does not know something.
Agnosticism is the view that the truth value of certain claims—especially claims about the existence or non-existence of any deity, but also other religious and metaphysi…

ISLAND OF MISFIT TOYS

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Local journalist Frances Willick wrote a piece on the neighbourhood our church ministers in.  She had a front page article today in the Windsor Star.  Check it out:

http://www.windsorstar.com/Drouillard+Road+Down/3316330/story.html




THE EYES HAVE IT

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When was the last time you looked deeply into someone’s eyes and had them return the gaze into your soul?There are vulnerable settings where a direct gaze can get you in trouble.
How many women have felt violated by the body scan of a passing man’s gaze?How many have felt inspected and found wanting when you walked into some gatherings?
So much of who we are and what we think is leaking out of our eyes.
You can see evil eyes—lustful eyes—shamed eyes—sad eyes.Eyes can change faster than the weather and say something truthful before the mouth opens to tell a lie.There are also loving eyes—hopeful eyes—bright eyes of encouragement and honor.
What do your eyes focus on?Where are you looking?Your eyes are wired to your brain and will always go to the things that you value.
You might look into a field of sheep and see a flock of nameless faces.The shepherd looks and sees individual sheep with unique characteristics and personalities.
You might look in an antique shop window and see a display full…

PRIVATE COLLECTIONS

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I’m intrigued by what people collect.For me, it is the songs on my iPod.Beyond that, I don’t have many things that I care about collecting.
I have a cousin who collected stuffed animals.One of my sister’s has collectible plates and snow globes.Someone else has thousands of DVDs and somebody else collects guitars.
Whether it is tools, luxury cars, hockey cards, Coca-cola memorabilia or shoes, everyone has their reasons for collecting.There is probably nothing intrinsically wrong with having a collection.The question is whether we have the stuff or the stuff has us.
Have you noticed that choking feeling that comes over you when you think you need something you cannot afford?What dream has not been fulfilled because you are tied down by taking care of your stuff?You once dreamed about having your own place and now you have it.So why do you dream about getting into a bigger house?That car that you wanted so bad five years ago is now falling apart and costing you more than you expected.Are yo…

TYLER DURDEN ECHOES JESUS CHRIST

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In the movie ‘Fight Club’, the character Tyler Durden says an unforgettable line— “it’s only after we’ve lost everything that we’re free to do anything.”
In the context of that movie, the words were used to legitimize insane behavior.But what if there is truth to the idea of losing to gain?What do you have to lose?What stuff have you amassed?What have you worked hard to achieve?Do you ever feel like giving it all up?Or does the thought of losing it all cause you to curl into fetal position?
The house I live in today is larger than any house we ever lived in growing up.I have two full bathrooms and a two car garage.I never had that growing up.Overall, houses are getting bigger while family sizes are getting smaller.Bigger houses and smaller yards...Where else are we going to keep all our stuff?
Is it just me or storage units and garbage dumps on the rise?Storage units appear to be a profitable business and municipalities are exporting their garbage anywhere that will get it away from them…

GIVING A BIBLE

Penn Gillette is an atheist.  Penn is a comedian.  Without a joke, he talks about the kindness of a Christian who gave him a Bible.  This is a reminder to me that it's important to share your beliefs without pretense or posturing.  Kindness goes a long way.

Thanks John for sharing this link with me.

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MORE EXCITING DISCOVERIES AT CORNERSTONE

(I think this will be my last post about Cornerstone for this year.  I do have 3 book reviews that I'm trying to wrap up and hope to post in the coming weeks.)

MEWITHOUTYOU - most of the mainstage performances were disappointing to me for two reasons.  With the best equipment in the world, the sound system was mixed poorly.  Secondly, many of the mainstage acts were not artists that I thrive on.  Mewithoutyou was an exception to my 2nd reason.  Aaron Weiss is a most intriguing frontman and writer.  Raised in a home with a Sufi Muslim mother and a Jewish father, he borrows from the big 3 Abrahamic religions for source material.  As you can imagine, that creates controversy and that was evident the next day.  Glen Clark was the facilitator for a seminar that Aaron was to speak at.  Someone pulled the plug on Aaron speaking and Glen tried to fill the time by explaining without explaining why Aaron wasn't going to be speaking.  All that aside, it was a great concert.  Their latest…

LINKS TO MY FAVORITE C-STONE BANDS

For the previous post, I'm adding links to the bands that tickled my fancy at Cornerstone Music Festival.  Next post, I will comment on Mewithoutyou, A Plea For Purging, Breaking The Fourth Wall, Listener, O'Brother, Hand Drawn Mountains, White Collar Sideshow and whoever else comes to mind.


THE LOST DOGS:  http://www.thelostdogs.com/main.html

MICHAEL ROE:  http://www.michaelroe.com/

TERRY TAYLOR:  http://www.danielamos.com/

OVER THE RHINE:  http://www.overtherhine.com/

MEN AS TREES WALKING:  http://www.menastreeswalking.net/

THE ILLALOGICAL SPOON:  http://www.myspace.com/theillalogicalspoon

TIMBRE:  http://www.myspace.com/timbre

CORNERSTONE MUSIC FESTIVAL 2010

My computer could not have crashed at a better time.  Just prior to holidays the hard drive and power supply went down.  If data recovery is complete, I will get it back today.

So instead of working, I spent the past week in Bushnell, Illinois at Cornerstone Music Festival.  I've wanted to go since the eighties and finally made it. 

Comments on various bands:

THE LOST DOGS - best show of several times hearing them.  The new album is based on the Grapes Of Wrath with a dust bowl theme.  I told Mike Roe this album could easily add ten years to their career.  Terry Taylor recently turned 60.

MIKE ROE - what is it with the aging guys returning to roots music?  Mike's new stuff is diggin' deep into the early years of gospel and blues.  Still one of my favorites.  Had an conversation with him about Gene Eugene who passed away 10 years ago.  Mike heard me sing at Dwight's funeral and later realized I reminded him of Gene's voice.  Had he known I was at the festival during…

THE FELLOWSHIP OF SUFFERING

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When you are in difficult places, God often has someone else nearby who can remind you of how the road is being built.Eight years ago I still had a friend whose suffering drew me closer to God.
Some of you knew Dwight Ozard.  While working for Tony Campolo’s organization, he came down with multiple myeloma, a form of cancer and went through hideous treatment to bring him back to health. 
During the crazy August of 2002, we were writing emails back and forth.After we had shared some of our life frustrations and difficulties, he wrote, “Hang in there.  I will if you will.”
You see, most of us carry silent grief and distress over the tougher lessons in life.  We may go through seasons of discouragement and discontent.
At those times, let’s not forget that time is a weak currency.  It will all be spent while you live on this earth.  The account is draining and will soon be gone.  Eternity is closer than we think.
So while we are still here, we need a focus.  Listen to what Paul had to say abou…

MEMBERS OF THE SUFFERING CLUB

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The kidney stone was a really, strange diversion.  In dramatic fashion, I broke away from the responsibility and urgent demands of that day.  I went off-road and tumbled down an unmarked route. 
I experienced this weird waiting thing, where I knew the stone would pass and the suffering would fade.  But wow!In the middle of the fierce pain, I grew understanding for what some must endure for months or years at a time.
I know that lots of people suffer because I belong to a dying race.I want to wear my pain well if it ever visits me again.In that potential could I become an ambassador of endurance?I hope I don’t have to suffer too much.
I wasn't thinking those thoughts at the time of the pain attack.  I was ticked off with the agony.  I was being controlled by it, and I didn't like the submission to it that I felt.  I didn't know what was happening until the medical people told me, so I wasn't sure if I should be afraid, get angry or make peace with God.
I did throw in a deat…